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How To Pass Screening Test In SSB Interview [PPDT]

I am sure every second person writes "RAM" as his hero, so choose a good name for your character.

SSB consist of 2 stages, the first stage is called as the screening test and the second stage consists of 3 important test knows as Psychology test, Group Testing Officers (GTO) Test and personal interview. This post is regarding screening, yes screening seems very difficult for those who got screened out many times. The screening test is indeed a difficult test because of the competition level, the screening test result is on the basis of your Intelligence tests [verbal & nonverbal] and PPDT [Picture Perception and Discussion test].

How To Pass Screening Test In SSB [PPDT]

Verbal and nonverbal is not difficult to crack because it’s just to test your OIR [ Officer’s Intelligence Rate ], try to attempt all the questions because time is very limited if they say 15 mins for a test take it as 10 mins and attempt most of the questions because no “negative” marking.  

Now the most famous picture perception and discussion test, what you need to do are write a story according to the picture shown to you for 4 mins only and later you have to discuss about the picture and make a common story in group discussion.

What are the mistakes candidates do generally? Firstly you write a good story which has head and tail and matches with the picture shown to you, for god’s sake don’t write Ram, Mohan, Sohan,..do all of you have friends with this name only? if not use your friend’s name, I am sure every second person writes “RAM” as his hero, so choose a good name for your character. Also, some of them write totally different stories like if they see a “village scene” then the hero wanted to work for his village as an engineer !! Really you want to do that ?? At least write something which has quick action and not future plans kind of things. Some of you give rewards at the end of your story just for social work, getting a reward for good work is not that easy in Indian ( kidding)please avoid this reward system and just make a happy ending with some twists and turns in your story, Assessors should get some interest and attention while reading/listening to your story but again do not make detective type and superman type stories be normal and practical. Okay, you must be good at writing a story so where is the fault ?? let us talk about group discussion, a very tense situation isn’t it ??

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Tips while narrating: Be loud enough while narrating the story, be confident about your story, look at everyone while narrating except looking at assessors, try to convey the message of your story instead of going deep into the story content { do not take much time to finish}. Sometimes we get stuck in between during narration, do not worry about that try to come back on track as soon as possible, and keep your story simple during narration so that you don’t stick in between and also don’t bug others as well. On the whole, your story narration is easy and attractive because all you need to get is attention from assessors, again do not try to gain attention through odd means. What are the odd means ?? okay you must have seen a candidate saying ” gentleman I agree with chest number xyz story ” and that candidate keeps on saying this throughout the whole discussion, what is this? fine it’s good if you like others’ story but it didn’t mean that saying such lines let you in for 5 days, why are you there? you also have a story, did you put your point even once? did you contribute to the story making? did you convince others regarding few points which you think are correct?

All you need to do is to make a story with the help of others, so contribute some points during discussion and try to find out the common point in the story which others also observed and add it to the story because no one objects in something which he/she also observed. Suppose if most of you have seen a village environment then say that keep the village environment only and make a story around that instead of making something odd. All you need is to convince others and also agree with others, supporting your story is good but forcing others to take the whole part of your story as a common story is never gonna work for you. Sometimes GD becomes “Fish Market” and yes it’s not your fault because you are not getting involved but still, you didn’t get selected, why? because you didn’t say a single word, if you try to stop such stupid stuff in GD by convincing others then you have a good chance, try your best to convince them, tell them not to argue, and let’s try to make a good story. If you keep quiet under such a situation it’s difficult for you to get selected and yes people who are shouting may get selected because they were trying to do something to make a story.

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230 COMMENTS

  1. of course it will! but there are ppl with 80% and you should justify why they select you and not those people!

  2. Sir, I was screened out from TGC-117 from Allahabad. My story was good and I narrated my story in well manner with head and tail and in GD also I spoke 3 times with good manner than my other group member, one of my group member use hand while narration of story and he was full of overconfidence but at last he and one of my group member was in and I was out…
    So please tell me the how I narrate my story and how take participate in GD.
    because My TGC-118 ssb on 7NOV, 2013.
    Please Sir,,,,,

  3. I am studying 12th now and i m sure tht i l get 90+ in final exam pls help me to crack Tes 10+2 i want to have satisfied life in INDIAN ARMY

  4. Sir… I have been selected for SSB , I dnt have complete knowledge rregarding SSB but im working on to know much more about SSB and how to prepare for it . Every one r suggesting to take coaching for it but i cant afford for it.. right now. Please help me out from a dioloma wheather i can pass the interview without any coaching or should i need coaching compulsorly….. Please do reply.

  5. sir at the time i speak english i forget so many thoughts wat i speak tell me any suggestion regarding this

  6. Sir, i was screened out last november in bangalore . . . . As for me i believe my intelligence test went perfect . . . . . But the most disappointing thing was that our GD went for around only 2 minutes . . . The accessor rang the bell as soon as i was about to make my point during the group discussion. . . . I this is a little suprising but is it natural for a group discussion to last just for 2 minutes? . . . While i was being a good listener and was about to make my point. . . He rang the bell. . Only 3 guys could speak up out of 12 of us. . Any help sir?

  7. Sir, my 10th and 12th my % are 59%,56%
    They will definately ask the reason of low percentage.and i had decided to answer truly
    By saying from starting itself i hadn’t studied and was giving most of the time with friends in playing cricket and for enjoyment and at last month when xam came closed studied hard and able to score that much mark only.
    So sir please tell whether this answer will work or not ??

  8. Dear sir,
    I my doing final year computer science and engineering,I have ssc(ues) campus interview call up letter, i have one arrear in my 6th semester i.e current arrear but i put revaluvation the result will come on 13/10/12 but i have interview on 12/10/12, shall i eligible to attend interview.

  9. sir was screened out in tgc116 but confrence out in tgc115. in tgc116 during screening i was wth repeaters and two recomended candidates.. gd goes as well, upto my knowledge everyone showed olq’s like grabbing the attracton of group under control.. even i too plunged 2 to 3 tyms..finaly a guy concluded our story too didnt got screened,but only that two recomended canddats screened in from out group.. our group was so co-operative. can u clear me wat wents wrong in our gd tat we got out?out of 35/221 were in , in that about 16 were already recomended canddtes ,reamainin were freshers and few repeaters.. can u clear my doubts?

  10. sohan .teacher ,went on transfer to a new village ,he noticed that very few no of students were coming to school . he then collected some like minded people and went to each and every home and told them about the various policies of goverment like rte. mid day meal sceme,fee waiver in school,he told them about the effects of education he also cantact a local ngo and arranged a transport for the students after few days all were happy the no of students incresded ,,sohan continued his effort sir plz check my story and give comments

  11. hiiii…my ssb is on 21 august..i just wanted to ask dat..how shud i start in picture discussion test on day 1////
    plss give some examples to start.. so dat i can set d right foundation…
    r

  12. hiiiiiiii I had cleared cdse 1 2012 for airforce…now my ssb falls on 6th august but I could not be able to attend it due to my joining in mnc….how I can I get it postponed as there is no secondary date in call letter also

  13. @Admin : I had been to 17ssb bangalore for ssc(tech) 39th course.
    During screening v had a picture with a old man wearing a shawl in a village environment.

    My story:
    Rohit was a puc 2nd year student from kangrali village , he was very much invloved in adventurous activities with friends and didn’t study.His father was a farmer who worked very hard for providing rohit all what he wants. Rohit was unaware of this as never went to his farm with his father. Once it was raining heavily at night and his father did’nt return home, Rohit went to the farm and saw that his father was working in the rain After seeing this Rohit realized his responsibility towards his family and also the importance of studies.He worked really hard and got first class in his puc exam by which he and his parents were really happy.

    I narrated loudly , clearly and confidently during gd.
    I also intiated the gd and contributed to the story, but my group was very poor in English as no one was able to narrate their story.
    and also v didn’t arrive at a common story.

    SHOCKINGLY I WAS SCREENED OUT AND 2 OF THEM WERE IN.

    • Though you have narrated confidently but your story is quite common this is what I think, but sometimes its on luck also so do not worry and try again. All the best

  14. Hello sir,I am mathivanan.I have get call letter for AFSB.I doing
    engineering final year ECE.I have backlog which is didn’t clear.Am I
    able to attend the AFSB?
    plzzzzz reply me.

  15. sir ,i have applied for afcat in which i gave ssc pilot 1 preference and 2 to AEC …as i am wearing spectacles .if i will be reject from pabt.. will i be eligible to attend ssb interview for the further entries which i gave my prefernce in order?.

  16. I have given 4 SSBs and got screened out in every SSB….infact i’m writing this just after getting screened out from AFCAT SSB Varanasi….I have tried everything…I have written good and crisp stories , during the GD i have participated by becoming vocal and sometimes chose to juz lissen to ppl , but nth works…it is all upon ur luck …nth else…anyways i’m not looser..will keep trying as I HAVE IT IN MYSELF !!!! 🙂 JAI HIND

  17. SIR I ATTENDED TWO SSB ONE OF AIRFORCE AND ONE OF ARMY.
    1ST IS FOR PILOT ENTRY BUT DUE TO EYESIGHT AND BAD INTERVIEW I WAS NOT SELECTED.
    IN 2ND I DONT KNOW WHY I WAS NOT SELECTED SIR OBESITY IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR NOT SELECTED I JUST REDUCED MY WT BY 15 KG STILL I AM 103KG-HT 6FEET AND KEEP ON WORKING HARD FOR REDUCING MY WT MY NEXT SSB IS IN BHOPAL ON 19 JULY PLZZ SUGGEST ME WHT TO DO I M JUST LITTLE BIT NERVOUS.I WANT TO BE AN ARMY OFFICERS AT ANY COST I CAN DO ANYTHNG FOR IT.
    PRABHANSHU CHOUBEY(CHOUBEY007@GMAIL.COM-9926451439)

  18. Sir I would like to know about the BEST coaching institute in Chandigarh.I am going to appear in AFSB on 13 Aug ,2012 for the first time.Also tell me when I should join the institute ( July 1st week / 2nd week). I am also confused about joining Cavalier Institute or Olive greens..? Help me.

  19. Sir, Myself VIJIT KUMAR SHARMA, I want to tell you about my Experiences of Screening, my last attempt was for IAF AFCAT entry at No.1 AFSB (18/06/2012)….At the Time of PPDT well in our pic. there are three character involved (1 male and 2 female) and it seems like that they are discussing with each other……..in this regard i make a +tive story like that : (I just mention the main part here)

    “xyz is recently complete his graduation & now he is preparing for IAS exam, and he is also a member of NGO for which he get a responsibility to take care of poor children of NGO……..like that and rest is on the work wht he do for those like teaching them,distribute books,food,cloth…etc on his own “
    I was pritty sure that I narrate it well with confidence and without stucking any point of time.
    But in GD as i was in reapters batch, so u can imagine the real scene during GD……. Although during GD they divide our gp. into two gp. ….but still……the level of noise was at its peak…but i take part in GD, and try to speak and try convince them…

    Now i would like to mention some points which i observed in my performance….that may be the cause of my screen out :

    1. Sir, During Narration….I narrate my story in such a rapid speed that everyone, just look at my face at that time :p ….i think its may like that they thought that this person may be a crammer … :/

    2. During narration, I just keep listening to each and every one with full of concentration and keep looking to that person (with pleasant gesture) until he finishes his story… I repeat that till the last person…..and bcoz of that…almost every person who going to narrate his story..were make a one-to-one eye contact with me(means he narrate his whole story, by just making the eye contact only with me rather than the whole gp.)
    3.during narration….the three persons who judge our performance, were gave quit enough time(50-60sec) to each and every to complete the narration,even those who got stuck 1 or 2 time during the narration….but In my case as speak it very fast…i narrate more than half of my story in just 45sec and still there are few lines were left(my story was around of 20 lines)….but they just stop me..and said that “”ok we understand ur theme(with smile)…thank you….next””…..at that time I think may be they got my points(thats i feel bcoz of his gesture)…….
    and i also observe that the story of others (…like some of said that there is a pregnant lady, one of them said that flood scene,dam construction, fire scene,join armed forces,join AAJ TAAK etc…mostly are horrible)…. :O
    4.But in GD ….I think that was my dragging point …bcoz i wasn’t able to give my best shot(due to Ex-fish market situation)…no one was listening… they just speak on unnecessary issues like no. of character …..although i was not initiate(that may be a weak point of mine)but in the mid of gd i justify that there are three character and they are discussing on a issue,but no one listen to me…and i just repeat my points(another point which i feel that i was wrong at that time)….and last i think i should speak more and to the point without think about others…………THAT’S WHAT I LEARN FROM MY EXPERIENCE.

  20. hiii admin
    i applied for the post Assistant Commandant (GD)and my psb is on 30th june.on that day i have to goto banglore for bel exam ,is there any absentee batch for psb as similar to ssb(as we have absentee batch in ssb)
    ..plzz rply soon
    thank u..

  21. hi..

    for posting my online application for tgc-116 from chennai it will tak 5days.. but for me they will provide my provisional certificate after 26th of this month.last date of receipt of application is 30th june.now what should i do?.shall i send application without provisional

  22. Hi Admin
    i want to know weather the army will issue any new lists for SSC-39???
    because my name is not there in all the list i contacted them they sent an reply mail
    stating that “more lists to come please wait”
    but its been more than a week
    will they really issue new lists
    my application number is 729715
    and 66.84% Throught

    Eagerly waiting for your reply
    Thank you in Advance

  23. Sir If we have arrear histories in our graduation degree, while that render the candidate as ineligible for SSB Interview. I have arrear histories in my engineering degree, but I had cleared all my papers in 1st class with overall of 69% and I am currently doing my final year MBA.

    Till now I have cleared all the papers in MBA without any extra attempts, so can i attend my SSB Interview using my MBA degree in-case my engineering degree is not valid one.

    Sir I don’t want to work any more in private sector/MNC companies, its just 1000’s / Lakhs of people working just for one man’s profit making.

    So I decided that I want to server our nation under any one of our defense force, so please suggest me if I have any other opportunity to join our Indian Defense Forces under any division. And I wil be completing my MBA in next 6-7 months.

    And I had got call letters for SSB interview on 25th of this month @ Allahabad, After online registration i read that people with arrears are not eligible for SSB interview, so I didn’t send any photocopy of my mark sheets to Service Selection Board, but all of sudden, I received call letter from SSB to attend the interview.

    So I just tried calling them to know whether I am eligible for SSB Interview, But those lines are ringing/busy/not reachable. so kindly help me in this case sir.

    Please reply sir.

  24. Sir, This is the 1st time I am appearing for SSB interview, so can I get any suggestions or any information for people like me appearing for 1st time in SSB.

    Tips like any Do’s or Don’ts… any thing valuable for us.

  25. ADMIN SIR I HAVE A SMALL QUERY REGARDING THE STORY,,
    SHALL I USE ARMY OFFICERS OR ARMY BATTLE OR ANY ARMY RELATED MISSION IN MY STORY ..

    IS IT A NO TO USE ANY KIND OF ARMY RELATED STORY TO BE USED IN SCREENING TEST STORY.

    THANKS AND REGARDS,

  26. ADMIN SIR I HAVE A SMALL QUERY REGARDING THE STORY,,
    SHALL I USE ARMY OFFICERS OR ARMY BATTLE OR ANY ARMY RELATED MISSION IN MY STORY ..

    IS IT A NO TO USE ANY KIND OF ARMY RELATED STORY TO BE USED IN SCREENING TEST STORY.

    THANKS AND REGARDS,

  27. Hello Admin sir…Can our story have negative start like i wrote Girls father died then she made her mind to become come thing and some thing like that. Sir plz help me out for this because last time i was screen in but my friends told me that that’s wrong… Sir plz help me out….

  28. sir how can i preponed my SSB . becaz i got selected in a company their joining date 18th june but my SSB date is 2nd july 2012 . please help me for Prepone SSB.

    • some time i brief story confidently & took active part in G.D. too but still i screened out , 2 & 3 times i m unable to write a good story so during narration i change my story what i have written ………. & some time i m unable to understand what happen in picture but i still wrote the story what i think ……….. sir please give me some tips regarding screening its very important for me ………. thank u

  29. Kartik @ Hello sir ….i went to ssb 2times 1st in Allahabad for Army but i was conference out there i dont know where i gone wrong….and 2nd time for navy but this time i could not able to screenin also…i dont know what happened there we were the batch of 16repeaters. All were shouting at the time of GD..accesors warn us…2times and diveded the group in 8…i spoke well in my group ..but atlast when the result came up..the 6were in who uttered not a single word during it..so plz tell me what should i do to improve my-self upon..so that i could make it in my next attempt…because i am very passionate about my carrer in defence force….

  30. hey guys..
    i’v been called for TGC-115 SSB bangalore. reporting date 07 may 2012. which station is suitable as IRCTC displays 3 station names. Also ON website my status is not shown. even no SSB interview dated 07 may 2012 is mentioned. The number provided are useless (busy everytym). Reply via mail is also awaited. kidly help.. if anybdy called up for same date do contact me//

  31. Hello Sir,
    I am going to appear for AFSB at Varanasi on 26/06/2012.Being a girl I want to know is there any difference between SSB for girls and boys? And I have applied for technical branch , my eye sight is weak -5, can that disqualify me? I really want to join Indian Airforce.

    Please help.

  32. Very gud morn

    sir i just came from bhopal SSB i.e for TGC-115 i had a gud story but cant get selected for further stage.i am conferenced out from the pilot entry last year but the picture was so blured this plz help me that from where i get the picture for more practise.

  33. Hello everyone !!
    May I get a simple structure of a story ..I mean what a good story contains.. like a hero, a place, names, age.etc.. What should be the starting of a story.?? what type of ending does a story have?? etc..
    it will be very helpful.
    Thanx

  34. hello admin

    first of all, a hearty thanks 2 u for this helpful material.

    secondly, i have some doubts

    1) what shud be the length of the story
    2) should our story be relaated to the picture shown or we have to select a character from the picture and then write a story on him based on his age/sex/mood etc.

    please reply….:)

    • Length can be 100 words and depends on the time you have, adjust accordingly.

      Yes your story should match the characters shown in the picture as well as the scene in the picture.

  35. respected admin, I have already given 10 ssb totally in army, navy and coast guard. Really in starting I never felt any hardness in clearing screening in my staring 6 attempts, but from last 4 attempts I am getting screened out I have analysed myself that I am not lacking in story writing the only thing is I am bit aggressive so in discussions I shout a lot (I have done that in my earlier attempts to were I got screened in) this is because I fear that if I don’t speak I will not be selected…and sensing this last time in ppdt exercise for cost guard I didn’t shout but then too I got screened out wats the reason sir..plz sir I am getting frustrated over this.

    • Thats depends on board to board , what kind of candidates they prefer. I guess here the fear of screenout is the main obstacle in your life. Just be normal and calm and do take part in discussion but in a polite way.

  36. sir i am great fan of your ideas and guidens.sir i gave almost 3 ssb for army.and in all the chance the bad luck keep with me .i never cleared the 1st stage.
    sir my problem is that i stuck during narrating the story.

    “sir can i totally speak in Hindi during story narration”

  37. Hello Sir,,.
    I got Screen out From Allahabad Board , I stuck 4-5 times while narrating the story , was this the main reason of my rejection? I made a decent story , it had a planning and finally a positive outcome.I also spoke 2or 3 times during the GD ,. we had the group of 22 people , so the discussion couldn’t be good enough.
    sir I am a recommended candidate from Mysore but got medical out last year.
    Also I have My next SSB in Bangaluru next month , Please Guide me and give some points which I need to improve and how to improve.

  38. sir i have attended the ssb three times,first time i was conference out.then screened out two times,now iam going for the ssb on 26 of this month .suggest me to screen in

    • 1st time you were in freshers group, now you have to face repeaters.

      1. Narrate confidently and with interest.

      2. Take part in discussion actively.

  39. I recently got screened out from TGC115 SSB interview so I have couple of questions that I need to ask to better understand my shortcomings.Below I have given you the brief explanation of what happened during my PPDT test which can help you answer my questions more effectively.
    -I attempted all the 80 questions in aptitude test out of which 80% were correct according to me.
    -Then a picture is shown to us having a 2 characters, a male in a suit as businessmen wears and a child in some uniform,walking in some street.I wrote that male one is the father of the shown girl child and he is motivating her to work hard and believe in herself after they were returning from school where father had been called for child’s poor academic performance.Afterward his daughter implemented the values taught by his father and did it well in studies.
    -During GD I stammered a bit while narration and when discussion started I urged the group to one by one tell their 1 or 2 points that they would like to have in a common story so that we at least have the content for the story.At this point of time they all were listening to me but eventually it turned out be a fish market.

    So this the brief description of exactly what happened.

    Q1) What you have to say about the Story?
    Q2) What exactly should we stress upon during the GD? Because everyone was cramming their story again while discussion and no one is listening and it turned out to be a fish market.When this stage has come how should we deal with it so that we have